Cheap, SQ: the disadvantaged municipal police

villes-recours-surete-quebec-profitent(Granby) Use of the Surete du Quebec is much cheaper for cities to have their own police force as in Granby. The cost differences sometimes reach almost double.

An analysis of La Voix de l’Est, based on data from the Sûreté du Québec and 12 municipalities, indicates considerable differences between cities on the costs defrayed. In all cases studied, the cities served by the SQ pay less. Everything is explained by the fact that the Ministry of Public Security (MSP) does not pay what they actually cost the services offered.

An MSP equalization system is in place to reduce the bills of municipalities that do business with the SQ. The cities that have a police force does not have access to such tax relief the Government of Quebec.

Variable costs

The Town of Granby has hit $ 11,863,181 in 2014 to his police service. That represents $ 179.66 per citizen (population 66,030 in 2014 according to the Decree of the population of the Gazette officielle du Québec).

Meanwhile, the SQ billed $ 9,587 365 in the City of Drummondville, or $ 129.44 per citizen. But the SQ data state that the true costs are actually of $ 16,260,813. Drummondville therefore only pay 58.96% of costs.

The City of Victoriaville nor pays the full costs of the services it receives from the SQ: $ 6,014,517 while the real costs calculated by the Department of Public Safety are $ 9,222,258. The City pays only 65.22% of the bill, or $ 134.12 per citizen.

Among all other cities comparable in size to Granby and that appeal to the SQ services, only the City of Saint-Hyacinthe lengthens as many dollars. Last year it paid $ 9,353,616 to the SQ. That is $ 171.11 per citizen or 59.17% of the actual costs of $ 15,807,142 (see table).

The City of Granby can console. Other regional capitals, which have decided to keep their police service, pay more per capita. The City of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu has hit $ 193.97 per capita in 2014. The Trois-Rivières $ 202.68. In Repentigny, the ratio was $ 208.69 per capita and $ 219.11 in Saint-Eustache.

Municipalities with less than 100 000 inhabitants can no longer disband their police force to make way for the Sûreté du Québec. A moratorium was imposed a few years ago for this purpose. In the early 2000s, several cities have made the jump to using the SQ, including Drummondville, Victoriaville and Saint-Hyacinthe.

The Department of Public Safety was then assert their significant savings to make this change. The municipal police dismantled services have all been hired by the SQ.

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